The Shiva lingam is a representation of the Hindu divinity Shiva and is used for worship in temples and homes. In traditional Indian culture, the Shiva linga is fairly seen as an image of the energy and capability of Lord Shiva Himself. The Shiv linga is often represented alongside the yoni, a symbol of Goddess Shakti, the female creative energy. The union of Shiva linga and Yoni speaks of the "unbreakable two-in-unity of male and female, the passive space and active time from which all life originates". Shiv linga represents the Cosmic Egg ('Brahmanda' in Sanskrit) which has neither a starting nor an end. It is believed that this evolving world ('Jagat' in Sanskrit) eventually merges or breaks down into the formless system. In this way, the Shiva lingam is the most straightforward indication of development.
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